Recent Assignment: Hitachi Data Systems – supporting a multi-country acquisition. I completed the HR due diligence and the deal was closed successfully. Then managed the HR workstream for a large outsourcing bid which was won – employees in several countries were transferred.
Recent Assignment: Integration of Vodafone’s acquisitions of Cable and Wireless and Quickcomm across 12 countries.
Recent Assignment: Strategic HR Business Partner, Sony Professional.
Bob’s specialism is the HR leadership of change, whether it’s restructuring, re-sizing, acquisition, cost reduction or realigning to market and technological change. He can also develop policy, provide coaching or lead an entire HR team.
“Bob brought a very balanced set of skills to our team – I could rely on Bob to bring a mixture of theory, experience, humour, support and challenge to any occasion. He engaged in the business to the extent that he thoroughly understood the dynamics and drivers of our P&L and brought his HR experience and perspective to bear on how to drive the things that really mattered to our business.
During his time with us, Bob supported a significant restructuring across multiple countries, he supported the structuring of our talent programme including talent identification and nurturing, finding ways to ensure that talent emerged in all countries and not just the HQ country, leadership coaching and development with the top team and he was asked to support broader employee communications within the wider Sony Corporation.
Bob was great at finding a supportive way to challenge me and the Leadership Team and he certainly helped me to get things done when the obstacles looked insurmountable. His experience across a broad range of relevant businesses brought refreshing new insight to our thinking, He mixed a coaching style with an occasional, well timed – ‘let’s just get it done’ style which served us well.
Overall, Bob was a pleasure to work with, the business benefited from his input and the Leaders including myself gained personal insight and development.”
Naomi Climer, Vice President Sony Professional Solutions Europe
“I worked with Bob almost from day #1 of (Company). We both went through the complete cycle of organising a start up company, through to managing excellence in execution of a mature business environment. In different and sometimes difficult situations, I learned a lot from him. He never lost sight that he is responsible for “humans”. He always knows when its time to coach, to challenge, to joke, to discuss, to offer support. Never had such an outstanding “HR-Guy” in my career before.”
Sales Director DACh, Palm Inc..
“Bob has both the in depth knowledge of country specific HR practices across Europe, as well as a truly strategic approach to his function and how HR can support a business.”
EMEA Marketing Director, technology business